A book recounting the story of Hero Street U.S.A. in Silvis, Ill., has been named as a finalists in a national book award contest.
"La Calle del H`eroe" by author Marc Wilson of Hampton was named as one of three finalists in the category Best History Book – Spanish or Bilingual. The book was published in 2012 by the University of Guanajuato and the University of Oklahoma Press.
Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards announced the finalists April 25. The first-place winners will be revealed at 6 p.m. May 30 at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City.
The English-language version of Wilson’s book, Hero Street U.S.A., was honored as the first-place winner in the International Latino Book Awards in 2010.
Moira Bailey of Mexico City translated the book from English to Spanish.
The book recounts the story of eight Mexican-American men from Second Street in Silvis – now Hero Street U.S.A. -- who were killed in combat fighting for the United States in World War II and the Korean War. The eight deaths are the most combat deaths suffered by any single block in the United States.
The eight heroes are Tony Pompa, Frank Sandoval, Willie Sandoval, Claro Solis, Peter Masias, Joseph Sandoval, Joe Gomez, and Johnny Munos.